New data from Greek Police and Coast Guard, as quoted by Greek daily Kathimerini, shows that the majority of migrants and refugees who have recently arrived on Greek islands by sea are no longer Syrian, Iraqi or Afghan nationals.
Kathimerini reported that the majority of migrants that have recently crossed from Turkey to Greece’s Aegean islands come from a variety of African countries, including Algeria, Congo, Morocco, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ethiopia, as well as from Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Previously, Greek Migration Minister Yiannis Mouzalas had noted that 70-80 percent of current arrivals are economic migrants, while in 2016 the majority were refugees escaping war.
Data published by Kathimerini show that:
In November 2016, out of 1,736 individuals apprehended on the islands after illegally crossing from Turkey;
- 626 were from Syria;
- 236 were from Afghanistan
- 220 were from Iraq.
- 602 were from either Algeria, Congo, Pakistan, Morocco, Cameroon, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Ethiopia or Pakistan;
Between December 2016 and February 2017, 4,793 individuals were apprehended on the islands after illegally crossing from Turkey:
- 855 were from Syria;
- 251 were from Afghanistan
- 238 were from Iraq;
- 1,194 were from either Algeria, Congo, Pakistan, Morocco, Cameroon, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Ethiopia or Pakistan.